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Monitor Advocate System

Monitor Advocates at the National, Regional, and State levels help to ensure that the employment and training services provided to Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers (MSFWs) are "qualitatively equivalent and quantitatively proportionate" to the employment and training services provided to other jobseekers. This means that MSFWs should receive all workforce development services, benefits and protections on an equitable and non-discriminatory basis (i.e. career guidance, testing, job development, training, and job referral).

The Monitor Advocate System is charged with:

  1. Ensuring equitable services for farmworkers
  2. Managing the Employment Service (ES) and Employment-related Law Complaint System (Complaint System)
  3. Implementing and sustaining a Farmworker Outreach Program
  4. Providing farmworkers notification of available employment services and workers' rights
  5. Facilitating the Agricultural Recruitment System for U.S. Workers (ARS) process
  6. Monitoring the provision of services through the Employment Service at the local, State, Regional, and National levels .
  7. Monitor Advocates are responsible for ensuring that services provided are in accordance with federal regulations (20 C.F.R. 651, 653, 654, and 658) and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

The Monitor Advocate System supports the needs of farmworkers by:

  • Collecting information about farmworker needs, characteristics, and concerns to improve the provision of services to farmworkers;
  • Collaborating with a broad range of stakeholders, including community- and employer-based organizations;
  • Ensuring that farmworkers are serviced equitably through the One-Stop Centers (currently branded as American Job Centers);
  • Producing annual service assessments and analyses to promote a better understanding of services to farmworkers and to highlight special efforts and accomplishments by states in serving them; and,
  • Ensuring that all legal protections are afforded to farmworkers and that their complaints are promptly resolved.

The Monitor Advocate System supports the needs of agricultural employers by connecting them with:

  • Willing and able workers through the Agricultural Recruitment System (ARS).
  • Outreach workers and other agricultural organizations to share information on news, best practices, addressing challenges, etc.
  • Other state and federal resources such as OSHA's On-Site Consultation program (a free safety and health consultation program is completely separate from the OSHA inspection effort where employers can find out about potential hazards at their workplace, improve programs that are already in place, and even qualify for a one-year exemption from routine OSHA inspections. The consultation is confidential and will not be reported routinely to the OSHA inspection staff. No citations or penalties are issued and your only obligation is to correct serious job safety and health hazards).
  • The One-Stop delivery system (i.e. training services).

Farmworker's Employment Rights

If you believe that your rights have been violated, you may contact your State Monitor Advocate.

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